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Regarding the Dec. 26 article “Four sent to the gallows“: While enjoying a wonderful visit to Kyoto, I was shocked to learn of the execution of four people on Christmas Day.

The global trend is toward the abolishment of the death penalty, with 118 countries either being signatories to the U.N. Covenant on Political and Human Rights, which specifically forbids the death penalty, or having abolished it in practice. Even in the United States, public opinion has moved strongly against capital punishment, and across the world there is no evidence of its deterrent effect in any society or culture.

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